From: David Kabanje
Date: December 8, 2021
Subject: GMU: Be Kind

Be Kind 

Beautiful People,

Life is hard, friends, so let's be kind to one another. Today's Wednesday will open up with various narratives ranging from grief to joy, but regardless of where you find yourself on this spectrum of the human experience, let's choose to be kind. When God created us, He didn't give us the ability to read minds; however, He gave us two ears to hear, two eyes to see, and two hands to serve. Kindness is listening to people and empathizing with their journey in life. Kindness is the ability to see people as people and not as objects or instruments of opposition. Kindness is serving others with your time, emotions, finances, prayers, and heart. Kindness is wholesome. If we can create a microcosm of kindness on our campus, we can experience a spirit-filled life characterized by love, joy, and peace.

The past month has bombarded us with death, loss, restrictions, and anxiety. Yet through all of this, we are still here. You are still here. You have persevered through the power of Christ. My prayer for each of us is that we may continue to persevere in kindness. "Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you" (Ephesians 4:32).    
Kindness is a gift that refreshes the soul. We can give that gift today, and I pray that that gift will be returned to you in full measure.
You are loved, and you matter Union.   

Abba-Father, You know where each heart is today. I pray for Your kindness to be tangible and real to each staff, faculty, and student. Amen.